Construction Industry Benefits Conference

Monday, November 8 - Tuesday, November 9, 2021
Loews New Orleans Hotel, New Orleans, LA

​The construction industry has gone through many challenges and changes in recent years, many of which have had a large impact on the delivery of employee benefits. This conference will provide the opportunity to examine the latest trends, share experiences and solutions, and discuss legislative and regulatory changes as well as how to effectively deliver benefits to participants in the construction industry. Join other trustees, administrators and plan professionals to explore administrative and strategic benefits issues of today while creating solutions for tomorrow.

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    I would recommend this program because it reinforced that our committee’s legal and financial professionals are on the right path.


    Charles GrafNECA Local 145 IBEW Pension Fund

    ​Benefits of Attending

    • Learn from your peers who face similar challenges what has and has not worked.
    • Discover the latest trends in your industry.
    • Hear from experts what best practices are being implemented.
    • Understand how the latest regulatory changes and legislative initiatives will impact your operation.

    Who Should Attend

    This conference is specifically designed for new and experienced trustees who serve on building trade health and pension funds, fund office administrative staff and key personnel. It is also a great resource for professionals serving the construction industry, including attorneys, accountants, consultants and service providers. Apprenticeship training fund trustees and coordinators will find value in attending this conference as well.


    • Benjamin P. Ablin, ASA, EA, MAAA Consulting Actuary Horizon Actuarial Services, LLC
    • Mark E. Belland Shareholder O’Brien, Belland & Bushinsky, LLC
    • Amanda R. Cefalu Attorney Kutak Rock LLP
    • Kevin Cope, CEBS Fund Administrator NECA-IBEW Pension and Welfare Trust Funds
    • Jay K. Egelberg, ASA, EA, FCA, MAAA Consulting Actuary First Actuarial Consulting, Inc. (FACT)
    • James K. Estabrook, Esq. Shareholder Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper, P.C.
    • Nichelle L. Grey Plan Manager, BeneSys, Inc. Vice President, Carday Associates, Inc.
    • Michael R. Hawes Executive Director Pacific Northwest Carpenters Institute (PNCI)
    • Martha M. Henrickson, CEBS Attorney Management Guidance LLP
    • Daniela Janceski, GBA Plan Administrator Ohio Conference of Teamsters and Industry Health and Welfare Fund
    • Lisa L. Kaiser, CEBS, CEBS Compliant, ISCEBS-Fellow Fund Administrator Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 189, Fund Administration Office
    • Mark E. Kessenich Chief Executive Officer Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Greater Milwaukee
    • Margaret Lemkin, Ph.D. President Med-Care Management Inc.
    • Elizabeth E. Manzo, Esq. Shareholder Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper, P.C.
    • John E. Mossberg, Esq. Partner Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c.
    • Eric Schillinger, J.D., LL.M. Senior Consultant, Health Compliance Segal
    • Kenneth D. Simonson Chief Economist Associated General Contractors of America
    • Aruna Vohra Senior Consultant Horizon Actuarial Services, LLC

    ​2019 Speakers

    Jenny M. ArmbrusterDeputy Executive Director
    National Council on Alcoholism
    and Drug Abuse (NCADA)

    ​Daniel R. Brice, Esq.Partner and Co-Chair
    Blitman & King LLP
    Paul O. Catenacci, Esq.Member
    Novara Tesija & Catenacci, PPLC

    Sally B. Corbin,
    J.D.Chief Executive Officer and Founder
    Union Services Agency,
    USA Digital Media Services

    Dennis R. JohnsonManaging Member    
    Johnson & Krol, LLC
    Jane Walton OwnerJane Walton Consulting

    ​Accompanying Educational Program

    Collection Procedures Institute

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    Continuing Education

    Educational sessions at this program can qualify for CEBS Compliance credit. Visit for additional information.

    Other Continuing Education Credit: Continuing Education credit for additional professions and designations MAY be available depending on profession/designation requirements. You must register for the program and request CE credit at least 60 days prior to the beginning of the program so that the Foundation can seek preapproval from the governing agency. Note: Requests made for continuing education credit do not guarantee administration of credit. For further information on continuing education credit, please call (262) 786-6710, option 2.

    ​COVID-19 Preparations

    The safety of all conference participants is our top priority. We are committed to hosting our events in accordance with all Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 safety practices and guidelines as well as any requirements of the states, cities and venues where we host the meetings. We recognize that these protocols will evolve as needed, and we will communicate the specific guidelines as the conference draws near. Please visit our COVID-19 safety protocols for detailed information.

    The City of New Orleans has issued the following:

    • Mask mandate. Masks are required at indoor venues; accordingly, all attendees are required to wear a mask while attending this program.

    • Vaccine mandate. Proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test within the last 72 hours will be required to enter establishments throughout the city, including hotels, restaurants, gyms and other indoor venues.
    For details, please see the City of New Orleans latest information.  

    What this means for you as an attendee of the Construction Industry Benefits Conference: A COVID-19 vaccination or negative COVID test is not required to participate in the conference or check-in to the hotel, however a vaccination card or negative COVID test will be necessary to enter the hotel restaurant/bar and other establishments throughout New Orleans. While in the hotel, masks are required in the meeting rooms, public areas and elevators. Learn more about the Loews safety protocols.

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    Through 10/11/2021 US $1,280.00 US $1,500.00
    After 10/11/2021 US $1,580.00 US $1,800.00

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